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Grateful Dead Live at Rubber Bowl, University of Akron on 1986-07-02


Topics Live concert


Alabama Getaway-> Greatest Story Ever Told-> They Love Each Other, Little Red Rooster*, Don't Think Twice It's Alright*, It's All Over Now Baby Blue*, Candyman, Me & My Uncle-> Mexicali Blues, Don't Ease Me In China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Playin' In The Band-> Desolation Row**-> Drums-> Truckin'-> Black Peter-> Sugar Magnolia, E: Box Of Rain


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Rubber Bowl, University of Akron
Location Akron, OH

Source AUD>DAT>CDR

Notes

AUD>DAT>CDR; via the Doodah Man; seedeD

Reviews

Reviewer: Steelmilvale - - June 11, 2014
Subject: Reflection of a first show.
I came as a big Dylan fan and had my sock blown off me by the Dead. Perfect setlist for one who only owned Bears Choice and Skeletons in the closet. Life changing, really. Listening to the links here, I hear an awesome Truckin' Black Peter Sugar Mags Box. But of course, I can't help but to see the crazy birds as I hear these recordings. As it was also my first dose, I would love to hear the dylan petty sets to see how my memory aligns with the tapes.
Reviewer: Sedula - - May 17, 2010
Subject: Desolation Dooohhh!
Desolation Row was always WAY too long for me and I usually couldn't stomach bad Bob Weir songs, which this is one of. So even though looking back we knew Jerry must have been hurting, I don't blame him for leaving during this tune.He probably figured it would go on for 15 minutes and nothing worthwhile would happen so he went to get high!

Dylan is horrible as usual!!
Reviewer: BIG_R - - December 22, 2009
Subject: 7-2-86
This was the only show I saw that was actually bad. We knew something was wrong but we didn't know what for several more days. The sound of this recording ain't bad for an aud though. I am a live music nut but I prefer Bob Dylan's studio stuff way more. He is terrible live and just keeps getting worse(IMO). I've got some his live shows from 1965 through 1976. They are good.
Reviewer: dewey gill - - December 31, 2007
Subject: Des Row
I agree on this Jerryless version being one of the best- Phil steps to the plate and plays a wonderfully melodic bottom end to fill the void. Taping was not allowed at the Dylan shows & I nervously set up directly in front of the board which was perched on top of 6'or 8' of scaffolding. Halfway thru Drums a huge Af.American security guard tapped me on the shoulder and said "Give me those mics" I handed them to him and to my amazement he duct-taped them to the railing on top of the platform. I thanked him for being cool after the show and asked him how he liked it. "Not too much, but the drums were OK-I don't really understand any of this." The next night I got thrown out of Rich Stadium along with a dozen or so other tapers FOB sometime during Space. They confiscated the tapes (I gave them blanks) and led us outside.
Reviewer: Ramblin'Rose_83 - - December 12, 2007
Subject: Look at poor....Peter...
the Black Peter is amazing, slow and oozing Jerry...
and Phil's Box Of Rain ain't that bad...

Just stopped by to see what a bad show sounded like...I gotta concur, tho I'm not real hip on the late 80's-90's Dead...

This is a good audience recording....think I'll stick to the 70's tho

(~)}]
Reviewer: stealyerfaceoffyourhead - - November 5, 2006
Subject: The Desolation Row
I must admit this is ane xcellent Des Row even without Jerry!!
The sound is just fine, for an AUD IMO it is as good as it gets on these tiny computer speakers @ least.
I didnt listen to the entire show yet, but Im giving it 4 stars because of the good sound, and the show can't be THAT BAD?.....can it?
Reviewer: Hamal - - July 5, 2006
Subject: true, not best ever
summer of 86 was weird. short unergetic shows mostly and the vibe was odd. by mid july we knew why. anyway, thanks for reminding me about the naked guy!!! where is he today?

sound quality is good, the rest is painful. at least jboyaguar hasn't review this one.
Reviewer: Adam Pillar - - September 23, 2005
Subject: Not a very good show
I thought this was probably the worst show I saw the dead play. There are a couple of high points in the show but the first set was ruined when they TRIED to play baby blue with dylan and it never got better after that. The second set opener of china rider was nice but could not make up for a very lame show.
Reviewer: bottleneckbill - - June 16, 2005
Subject: Summer Daze Triple Threat
Yes, I do remember the dude running naked down the aisle !!! I'm not from Jersy though, I'm from Cleveland. It was hot, and I'm sure it was on stage for the musicians, so I remember not stellar performances in the heat of the afternoon sun, but the Dead performed the best out of all there that day. It was Dylan, Petty, and the Dead. By the time the Dead went on stage, the sun was going down, and people's spirits were high. This was a giant stadium show, and that's what it sounds like. I remember getting up close to see Dylan, and he looked sweaty and drunk, but he was pulling off the riffs on the guitar rather well. I think the Dead were riding high on a wave of stardom here as their first studio recording in years was actually getting airplay on radio, and Dylan had come back from years of seclusion. I had just graduated from highschool, and about a dozen friends of mine drove the 45 minutes over to the rubber bowl. Lots of A taken. I also remember lots of traffic, and buying a Chillum in the parking lot. Never had such a good time! Well, the show may not be the best, but a happy and interesting time for the band.
Reviewer: bottleneckbill - - June 16, 2005
Subject: Summer Daze Triple Threat
Yes, I do remember the dude running naked down the aisle !!! I'm not from Jersy though, I'm from Cleveland. It was hot, and I'm sure it was on stage for the musicians, so I remember not stellar performances in the heat of the afternoon sun, but the Dead performed the best out of all there that day. It was Dylan, Petty, and the Dead. By the time the Dead went on stage, the sun was going down, and people's spirits were high. This was a giant stadium show, and that's what it sounds like. I remember getting up close to see Dylan, and he looked sweaty and drunk, but he was pulling off the riffs on the guitar rather well. I think the Dead were riding high on a wave of stardom here as their first studio recording in years was actually getting airplay on radio, and Dylan had come back from years of seclusion. I had just graduated from highschool, and about a dozen friends of mine drove the 45 minutes over to the rubber bowl. Lots of A taken. I also remember lots of traffic, and buying a Chillum in the parking lot. Never had such a good time! Well, the show may not be the best, but a happy and interesting time for the band.
Reviewer: old paint - - March 30, 2005
Subject: HEY TITO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Remember this show you jersey fuck??????????hey guys and gals......... remember those crazy birds flying the stadium??????????? how bout the dude naked running down the isle........ and lets not forget being TORTURED BY tom,bob,tom,bob,tomandbob,tom,bob.Did bob shoot with Jerry bavckstage or what????????? you know bobs mikey was turned off....... like a rolliong stone.
Reviewer: Seperation of Dead and State - - March 12, 2005
Subject: Dessy Row
I give this show a four only because this is the best Desolation Row ever! Yea Jerry leaves so you dont get his pattened guitar riffs but the rest of the band really pulls it off remarkably. Lesh is dancing around while bobby belts lyrics left and right. Plus in replace of the trademark Jerry solo Brent shines on the B-3....great improv and nice to see the rest of the guys pull this off. The PLayin>Desolation>Drums...could be a potential filler! JF
Reviewer: thefuzz - - August 18, 2004
Subject: sorry but, no...
I think the sound here is ok but I don't care. It's the only show I was at that I won't be burning.It was way too hot and Jerry was in trouble as already mentioned above. I also concur that Dylan didn't help. I've played my tapes maybe 10 times in the last 18 years. I always cringe during Baby Blue. Oh well, they can't all be perfect can they?
Reviewer: auggie - - August 6, 2004
Subject: Jerry Leaves the stage!
Off night for Jerry to say the least and the crowd could feel it. This is when his body was getting ready to go into serious trouble so I really don't blame the guy but they should have taken a break to let him get better. I remember seeing him going up the steps to the stage, looked like he was climbing Mt. Everest.

Anyway sub par 1st set only to get worse in the 2nd set. I know this was the 1st collaboration but as many Dead spot light moments go (Monteray, Woodstock) they can be huge disappointments. This was when Dylan was still in cruise control living off of TP and the Heart Breakers so he did not help. It was so bad that Jerry just up and left the stage during Desolation Row because he was so spent.
Reviewer: schwadust - - July 15, 2004
Subject: Strange day...
...at the Rubber Bowl. It was so completely different than Alpine Valley. Different vibe...easy in hind site to see why...Alpine Valley vs. the Akron Rubberbowl...although it had a little charm, it was still the Akron Rubberbowl...a good portion of the crowd was obviously there for Tom Petty and Dylan, and not the GD. Not that they were assholes or anything, it's just that I enjoy shows more with Deadheads than your ordinary concert goers...

This show is notable for what I believe to be the first onstage collaboration between the Dead and Dylan. He came out for LRR, and then sang Don't Think Twice...and then he and Jerry proceeded to butcher Baby Blue...oh well. It was another off night for Jerry if I recall...which I just barely do. I haven't downloaded this yet...but I will...someday...
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